Whose Bristol is it anyway?

14 July, 2021 - 16:22


As we look ahead to end of national restrictions and measures to help contain the Covid pandemic, what have we learned about our own city?


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The best podcasts to improve your VCSE organisation and career development

5 July, 2021 - 15:56


As pandemic recovery rolls on, it may still be some time before you’re back in the workplace with all your colleagues and attending face-to-face events. Things might be a little too quiet right now, after 16 months of COVID-19 work patterns and solo coffee breaks....

Left behind or levelled up? Research in areas of deprivation

30 June, 2021 - 20:26


Earlier this year, we were given public data that unsurprisingly showed the highest number of COVID-19 infections were found in parts of Bristol with higher than average national indices of multiple deprivation. We...

Could the government’s replacement for EU State Aid rules help support a socially enterprising green recovery?

30 June, 2021 - 19:15


After years of hard work Lawrence Weston’s community-owned wind turbine is on its way, and future climate action enterprises could be easier to develop through increased support,...

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Seventy per cent of students plan to volunteer this summer

28 June, 2021 - 15:38


According to new research from the Royal Voluntary Service, seventy per cent of students are looking to do volunteer work this summer: welcome news for volunteer managers and coordinators who have...

Independent inquiry finds vulnerable people lack vital support

22 June, 2021 - 17:10


Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police, and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust have all been criticised for failing to provide adequate care for three people with autism and learning difficulties, a major review has found. The inquiry’s final report describes...

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Equalities news: National Trust Pride, neurodiverse hiring, and diversity in NGOs

21 June, 2021 - 12:03


We've gathered the latest news highlighting equalities groups, both inside and outside the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. This includes the National Trust's Pride celebrations, autism charities offering a toolkit for employers, and a new report on racism in...

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Forty per cent of heritage organisations don’t have a volunteering strategy

15 June, 2021 - 15:35


A new report from the Heritage Volunteering Group (HVG) has revealed that 40% of heritage organisations have no volunteering strategy, despite 45% of heritage organisations relying on volunteers to...

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Voscur member news: Queen’s Award, celebrations, and ethical food

10 June, 2021 - 16:33


It’s been a brilliant start to the summer for many of our members, as they’ve stopped to reflect on their achievements and the hard work of their volunteers. Find out what they’ve been up to, and how you can support them.

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Returning to the office: Safety, flexibility and inclusion

8 June, 2021 - 12:24


If your organisation has an office space (either a standalone office or a co-working arrangement), what should you consider about the return to office working as lockdown eases? And are there any differences between private companies and voluntary, community and social...